Britian’s fastest woman ever, Dina Asher-Smith, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Asher-Smith retired from Team England with a hamstring injury sustained at the last World Championships in Eugene, USA.
The 26-year-old was competing in the women’s 4x100m relay final when her injury struck and while she was hoping her injury would have healed in time for the Commonwealth Games, it appears the sprinter made the race in time lost and will no longer be present at the multisport event.
The Commonwealth Games will officially open tomorrow Thursday 28th July 2022 and the multisport event will conclude on Monday 8th August 2022.
What did Dina Asher Smith say?
The multiple British record holder said: “Unfortunately I have a minor hamstring strain and will not be ready to race at the Commonwealth Games next week.
“I love racing in front of a British crowd and was so excited to return to Birmingham so I’m sad I won’t be there but I know the athletes will put on a great show.
“I wish all my teammates the best of luck.”
What did Team England say?
Team England leader Kelly Sotherton responded to the news by saying: “It is obviously very sad to lose Dina to injury given her size and status as one of the top female athletes in the world.
“We know how much she was looking forward to being part of the England team for the home games in Birmingham. We wish Dina all the best in her recovery and hope to see her back on track and doing what she does best soon.”
Dina Asher-Smith’s record
Asher-Smith is one of Britain’s most successful athletes and the fastest Brit in history.
The 26-year-old from Kent won gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and the 4x100m relay at the 2019 World Championships.
At 24, she became the first Brit to win three medals at a World Championships. She also set two of her personal best times at the 2019 World Championships: 10.83 seconds in the 100m and 21.88 seconds in the 200m.
Asher-Smith has also won two Olympic medals, finishing third in the 4x100m at both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
The King’s College London graduate won a gold and bronze medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and was scheduled to compete in the women’s 100m and 4x100m relay at this year’s event.
Earlier this year, Asher-Smith placed third in the 200m at the Eugene World Championships with a time of 22.02 seconds.
When are the Commonwealth Games 2022?
The multisport event will be hosted by England for the third time this weekend and Duran Duran is set to open the celebrations at the opening ceremony on Thursday 28th July 2022.
The graduation ceremony will take place on Monday, August 8, 2022.
There will be 26 different sports as well as seven para sport events such as para table tennis and cycling para track.
BBC has all the live action from the Commonwealth Games, with BBC One and iPlayer showing all the coverage.